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am 3. Oktober 2013
I don't write a lot of reviews on amazon. Mostly because I always feel that the reviews of a product I bought (after having read them) more or less adequatly mirror my experiences with that product. For this book it's different and I feel obliged to state an opinion which seems to greatly differ from almost everyone else's and moreso I would like to inform people before purchasing and then of course reading this book.
I wouldn't say that I am an expert per se on the topic. However, I did read a number of titles and can say that I have aquired a certain at least personal sense for it. Those included all of Nathaniel Branden's work on self esteem, classical philosophy (from Platon and Aristoteles) to more contemporary titles dealing indirectly with personal development and psychology e.g. Hermann Hesse, Camus or Kafka and others.
This book: This book is Hollywood. Hollywood's a place where everything is glitter, glamour and candy as long as you avert your eyes from real life you will feel like on a pink-bubble rollercoaster, but somehow with a bad feeling deep down. The tenor of this book is imho to deny and disown your feelings of fear and uncertainty, put on a happy face and then run straight into a roaring chainsaw because hey, as long as you ignore that you're afraid you can do anything, right? Oddly enough, the title would suggest otherwise, namely to FEEL your fear, accept it, acknowledge it and then try to explore and deal with it which I think is the healthy way, because repressed feelings will always come back to haunt you; maybe not tomorrow or next month, but down the road. I am sure most people who are reading this would agree since after all this is a book for adults.
There are a lot of graphics and pyramids and ususally there is an arrow pointing from a phrase like "fear" or "anxiety" to "power", "happy" or "I CAN DO IT" which is nice; but not very clever or sophisticated. I could make those. From a person who has a PhD you would expect something with a little more insight. Aiddionally I don't feel that those are the result of scientific research or a fundamented statistical analysis but rather something that you would make up on the commute to work and then say "I am going to put this in my book!", sorry.
I am not saying this book is all bad, it goes back and forth; it does feature some important ideas but disappointingly instead of exploring them and asking questions it beats them over the head all too quickly with a stereotyped phrase. In a way, this book disowns its own ideas which is kind of a shame.
I can't say that I took a lot out of it, but that is just my two cents.